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Daredevil #85
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January 21st, 2018 by Rusty

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Daredevil #85 cover

Daredevil #85

Date: March 1972
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 20¢
2018 Price Range: $3 – $35
Stats: 21 color pages plus ads, Marvel Bullpen Bulletins and letters page
Writer: Gerry Conway
Artists: Gene Colan, Syd Shores and Jon Costa
Notable Notes: DD battles The Gladiator in the sky (on a 747!)

The End of the 747

Last year, as I was flying home from San Francisco on United airlines, I heard the news that the coolest passenger jet ever was being retired from service. I was a bit sad to hear that, because I liked 747s. I only flew on one a few times, but it was always fun to see them parked in terminals, with their big double-decker bubble heads. Anyway, this comic book was a blast to read because nearly the entire issue takes place on one of those iconic jets! I think it would have been cool if the last 747s left in service would have ordered a bunch of copies of this issue and distributed them to passengers – you know, as a kind of farewell gift!

Synopsis:

Night Flight!: As Matt Murdock, Natasha Romanoff and her chauffeur fly back to the USA from London they are accosted by a group of ruffians – gasp! Little do the bad guys know that Matt and the Black Widow can easily handle their shenanigans – that is until The Gladiator and his spinning blades of death arrive. Not that Daredevil can’t beat this villain, but The Gladiator threatens to blow up the plane unless Matt and the Widow stop resisting. But Daredevil has a clever plan, and it takes him to several different areas of the huge plane as he methodically takes out thugs one by one. Meanwhile, back in NYC, Matt’s old flame Karen Page still has feelings for him – and she surprises him at the airport with a big kiss! The Black Widow, however, isn’t too thrilled by that.

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 4 stars – Although a struggle on an airplane isn’t the most unique story, it works out quite well in this instance. It was fun seeing how our heroes behaved in a totally different crime-fighting environment than usual.
  • Art: 5 stars – Gene Colan’s pencils were beautiful, and the coloring perfectly complimented them! This was classic Daredevil done right – very visually pleasing!
  • Fun Factor: 5 stars – A fun story idea and great art combined to make this issue a blast to read! It was nice reading a classic DD story without some of the corny dialog that plagued the really early issues.

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